Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Fanshawe's MRI program allows you to build on your existing skill-set while diversifying your career opportunities. The best part? A flexible program delivery allows you to maintain employment while taking the program. You’ll combine in-class meetings one day per week with online learning activities, and following the completion of two 16-week semesters, you’ll participate in a 16-week clinical practicum at an affiliated hospital site.


The Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) program is a one-year program that fulfills the educational requirements of the Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists (CAMRT).  Applicants must be registered as Radiographers (RTR), Nuclear Medicine Technologists (RTNM), Radiation Therapists (RTRT) or Sonographers (CARDUP). This program prepares graduates to be clinically competent, communicate effectively, think critically and apply problem-solving skills in the clinical environment as well as dual certification. 

This face-to-face/online hybrid program provides the opportunity for technologists to develop discipline-specific knowledge that is coupled with a clinical practicum. Classes/labs are one day per week, allowing students to maintain employment while growing professionally. Two-16 week levels consist of courses that provide a thorough foundation in MR safety, physics, patient care, procedures, pathology and cross-sectional anatomy. Students will learn from MRI practitioners, Radiologists and Physicists. By participating in labs (patient care simulation and scanning on a 3T magnet) students utilize existing knowledge while gaining practical, hands-on experience.

Level two of the program includes a 16-week clinical rotation (600 hours) where students are placed in an inpatient/outpatient facility allowing them to develop the valuable skills necessary for an entry-level practitioner. The last component is the Consolidation and Review course that prepares students for the national exam. We are fully accredited by Accreditation Canada. 

Program Overview

After successfully completing this program you will receive an Ontario graduate certificate from Fanshawe College, School of Health Sciences. Graduates are eligible to take the magnetic resonance imaging certification examination administered by the Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists (CAMRT) and/or by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT).

The Canadian certification provides graduates with nationally recognized credentials for practicing magnetic resonance imaging and fulfills regulatory body requirements needed for employment, where applicable. In the United States, in addition to ARRT requirements, some states may have additional licensure requirements. 

This program is offered every two years. The next available intake is scheduled for September 2023 and applications will open in the fall of 2022. 


Career Information

Graduates of Fanshawe’s Magnetic Resonance Imaging program find employment MRI technologists in hospitals, medical clinics, research facilities and private industry settings across the county. 


Did you know Fanshawe consistently ranks high in graduation employment rates among large colleges in Ontario? 

Here is an example of an employment opportunity Career Services has received for students and graduates of Fanshawe’s Magnetic Resonance Imaging program:

Magnetic Resonance Technologist

Perform all required MRI examinations as prescribed by physicians or radiologists.


MRI Students helping transfer a patient to the mri table
Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to :

1. Perform, in accordance with current standards, various magnetic resonance imaging procedures involving the head and neck, spine, chest, abdomen and pelvis, as well as the musculoskeletal and vascular systems.

2. Apply the theoretical concepts of physics to the work required in the delivery of MRI services.

3. Ensure the safety of clients and staff when delivering MRI services.

4. Interact effectively with the clients and their families.

5. Prepare and position the client according to the established protocol, in order to optimize image quality.

6. Use the MRI equipment, accessories and software efficiently.

7. Assess the client's condition during the diagnostic test and/or the procedure and intervene effectively, if necessary.

8. Apply the theoretical concepts of anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology to the work required in the delivery of MRI services.

9. Efficiently transfer and store images, using the various media available (PACS, film, CDs, hard drive).

10. Work with the various members of the health care team: radiologists and other physicians, physicists, nursing staff and other health professionals.

11. Perform duties professionally and as a member of a health care team.

12 Evaluate MRI system performance, using quality control procedures.


Program Details

Program Code

Program Coordinator:

Liz Lorusso, MRT(R), MRT (MR), B Appl Sc.

Day Time
Ontario College Graduate Certificate
50 weeks

Admission Requirements

Medical Radiation Technology Ontario College Advanced Diploma with a current Certificate as a member of the Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists (CAMRT) in:
          - General Radiography
          - Radiation Therapy 
          - Nuclear Medicine 
          - General Sonography
A Bachelor's Degree with a current Certificate as a member of the Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists (CAMRT) in:
          - General Radiography
          - Radiation Therapy 
          - Nuclear Medicine 
          - General Sonography
40 weeks clinical experience within the last 5 years in one of the disciplines stated above*

*Proof of clinical experience required by completing clinical experience form


English Language Requirements

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in English by one of the following methods:

  • A Grade 12 University Stream English credit (or equivalent) with at least four recent years of full-time study in an educational institution where the language of instruction and of examinations was English and which was located in a country where the first language is English
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test with a minimum score of 92 for the Internet-based test (iBT) (22 writing, 26 speaking, 20 reading and 20 listening) with test results within the last two years
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic test with an overall score of 7.0 with no score less than 6.5 in reading and listening and a score of 7.0 in writing and speaking, with test results within the last two years.  SDS Program Requirements.  
  • Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) test with a score of 70 in writing, reading and speaking and a score of 80 in listening, with test results within the last two years
  • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) with a minimum score of 65, with test results within the last two years
  • A Cambridge English Test (FCE/CAE/CPE) with an overall score on the Cambridge English Scale of 185 with no score less than 176 in reading and listening and 185 in writing and speaking, with test results within the last two years
  • Fanshawe College ESL4/GAP5 students: Minimum grade of 80% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 10
  • Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) with a minimum score of 90 with at least a 4 on the oral interview
Applicant Selection Criteria

Applicant Selection Criteria

Where the number of eligible applicants exceeds the available spaces in the program, the Applicant Selection Criteria will be:
  1. Preference for Permanent Residents of Ontario
  2. Receipt of Application by February 1st (After this date, Fanshawe College will consider applicants on a first-come, first-served basis until the program is full)
  3. Achievement in the Admission Requirements
Post-Admission Requirements

Post-Admission Requirements

The following items are applicable to the program and are time sensitive.  Please refer to for important information about preparing for placement by the due date.

  • Possession of a Standard First Aid course certificate (either St. John Ambulance or Canadian Red Cross or equivalent) and a Basic Rescuer course certificate - Basic Life Support (BLS) for Health Care Providers (HCP) in accordance with the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada Canadian Guidelines for CPR
  • Evidence of Good Health
  • Police Record Check and Vulnerable Sector Screening, including a check of the Pardoned Sexual Offenders Database
  • Placement Agreement
  • Completion of an MR Screening Form
    • In some specific cases, there are absolute contraindications (e.g., some cardiac pacemakers, cochlear implant) to the field of MRI that would prevent a person from practising in this area.  If you find yourself in this situation you need to be aware of this restriction - you will be ineligible to attend the clinical practicum of the MRI program and therefore will not be eligible to graduate from the MRI program.
    • Certain implants, devices or objects may be hazardous to you in the MRI environment. If you answer yes to any of the contraindications on the MR Screening form checklist, please contact the MRI Program Coordinator, before enrolling in the program.


Level 1
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
SFTY-6008Patient Care & Safety in MRI4
Course content provides information on MR safety principles, including concepts that relate to MR equipment and the unique risks to anyone in the MR environment. The importance of taking a leader role in education self and others on the prevention of MR incidents is emphasized. Various decision making strategies based on developed guidelines for safe MR practices are introduced and implemented. A focus on cultural diversity and lifespan considerations when caring for and communications with patients / families / other members of the inter/Intraprofessional team is discussed. The professional and appropriate delivery of care before, during and after MRI procedures, magnet and patient-related emergencies within the MR environment and documentation is emphasized. Content also provides basic concepts of pharmacology, covering instruction and practice of venipuncture, and safe administration of contrast media and/or intravenous medications. In addition, content introduces quality assurance measures used in maintaining image quality.
PHYS-6001Physics of MRI5
This course focuses on the physical principles, equipment and instrumentation of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). The application of the advantages and limitations of various MR scanning parameters and protocols and the impact on image contrast will be emphasized. Knowledge of physics principles for image formation, reconstruction and manipulation will be presented. Advanced techniques such as Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy (MRS), Magnetic Resonance Angiography (MRA/MRV), and Echo planar Imaging (EPI) will be studied.
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*Total program costs are approximate, subject to change and do not include the health and dental plan fee, bus pass fee or program general expenses.